Penn & Teller kick much troofer butt...
I thought it might be instructive to answer this e-mail from 9/11 troofer Brian Cook in Ventura, California, who writes in response to last week's cover story, The Yoda of 9/11:
Regarding your article the Pheonix New Times, great job at ignoring the science once again Why cant you so called journalists just OBJECTIVELY look at the facts for once? I'm not saying that Cheney ordered the towers down or something like that...myself and others are just asking for questions to be answered like how was WTC 7 brought down? hmmm looks remarkably like controlled demolitons? How could you say otherwise...that alone is a smoking gun. Like the honorable Chuck Hagel said...if you want job security go sell shoes!
ASK QUESTIONS, DEMAND ANSWERS
Keepin the Peace, Brian Cook Ventura California
This is what always slays me. When someone points out how insane their ideas and pet theories are, the troofers eventually return to the weak-ass comeback, "Hey, we're just asking questions." Heh. That's exactly what the Holocaust deniers say. Idiots like Ernst Zundel and Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. also think that science and all available evidence is on their side.
But it isn't, and it isn't on the side of the troofers, either. As for Cook's crock of crap about WTC 7 being a controlled demolition, I would point you to three short films by debunker/director Boloboffin, which are available on YouTube. I saw Boloboffin's work first on Screw Loose Change, and I really admire how he'll take one lie at a time from the tinfoil helmet crowd, and make mincemeat out of it in three or four minutes.
For instance, in his latest, he carefully deconstructs the much-repeated troofer lie that WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein ordered the NY Fire Department to demolish WTC Building 7. You'd think this would be absurd on its face, but that's what you have to do when you're debunking, argue that these fools' sick, improbable, fantasies did not occur. This mini-doc also establishes that the collapse of WTC 7 was a surprise to no one on the ground that day, especially the firefighters. They knew how badly WTC 7 was damaged, and they expected it to go down.
Then there's the Boloboffin mini-doc titled But WTC 7 Wasn't Hit By a Plane!, wherein he shows how WTC 7 was hit and and hit hard by large pieces of WTC 1, the North Tower. Boloboffin's got footage of that, and footage of the building itself on fire, which helps beat back this controlled demo nuttiness.
Finally, Boloboffin crushes the kookified canard that WTC 7 came down in less that 7 seconds, as dumbasses like Steven Jones and Rosie O'Donnell want us to believe. Boloboffin's How Fast Did WTC 7 Fall? uses the conspiranauts own videos against them to show that the collapse of WTC 7 began before they say it did.
I admire Boloboffin's careful, fact-based debunking. Still, there's nothing quite as satisfying as the in-your-face fuck you of Penn & Teller's single-finger salute to 9/11 conspiracy theories on their brilliant Showtime series Penn and Teller: Bullshit!. These guys are my heroes. I plan to be just like them when I grow up. Penn & Teller feature both anti-Semite Eric Hufschmid and wacko rich guy Jimmy Walter, mercilessly exposing them for the kooks they are, juxtaposing them with a fire chief, a professor of fire science, and a poli sci prof who gets into why we have so many crazies like Hufschmid and Walter running around in the first place.
Here are some great quotes from Penn Jillette's narration:
"Being skeptical is good, but looking at this [a shot of the Twin Towers engulfed in smoke], and having your first thoughts be, `This is a hoax staged by the government,' well, that takes a special kind of asshole."
"We should be skeptical of the government, but you shouldn't just make shit up."
After Eric Hufschmid introduces himself as a software developer:
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"And developer of one of the softest piles of steaming bullshit in the history of paranoia."
During a shot of the cover of Hufschmid's seminal conspiracy tome, Painful Questions: An Analysis of the September 11th Attacks:
"We show you the cover, because if you ever see anyone carrying it, push them down a flight of stairs."
The troofers deserve incessant Penn-like ridicule for their dumb ideas, ridicule leavened with handfuls of debunking, like Boloboffin's vids. As I've said in the past, this may not change the minds of the true believers, but I do think it's helpful in thinning out their ranks and preventing them from conning new recruits.